Geneva Motor Show: our picks
Top Gear’s expert panel pick their three favourite cars from the biggest motor show… in the world
Posted: 11 Mar 2013
Charlie Turner, Editor-in-Chief
Ok, so it was always going to be the obvious choice, but my star of the show was La Ferrari. As the twitterati were bemoaning Ferrari's naming conventions, I fought my way though the crowds onto the stand for a closer look. Supercars should leave you drooling, and La Ferrari delivered jaw-dropping moment after jaw-dropping moment as it rotated on the stand in front of its new found fanbase. Job done on that score, then.
Having pored over the exterior I then jumped into the driver's seat. With the seat bolted to the carbon tub, you adjust the pedals and steering wheel to find the perfect driving position. As the door thunked shut and the noise of the show disappeared, I was left to consider how utterly sublime this car might be to point at a distant horizon. We can't wait to turn that motorshow dream into reality in a few months. But on first acquaintance, it appears Ferrari has created not only the star of the show, but quite possibly the most stunning supercars of all time.
Controversial choice this one. With the Gallardo beginning to show its age and the Aventador criticised for not delivering dynamics to match the aesthetics, some would argue that Lamborghini have more important things to be concentrating on. Sorry, wrong. In the world of VW corporate blandness Lamborghini is apparently positioning itself as the agent provocateur of the group. And we at TG love them for it. In a motorshow littered with concept cars that never move and will be rolled off the show stand and into a warehouse to gather dust, the Veneno is a piece of automotive mentalness that we should applaud. All three have already been sold, don't forget, and this is a 790bhp of Aventador-based reality. Love it or loathe it, our world would be poorer without whatever they're putting in the water at St Agata.
From the ridiculous to the sublime? Regular readers of Top Gear will know how highly we rated the GT86 as the antithesis of the supercar. Its ability to make acceptable speed engaging in a world where unbreachable grip strangles the life out of most cars saw the GT86 crowned the 2012 Top Gear Car of the Year. The FT86 Open Concept takes all of the good bits of the GT86 (197bhp four-cylinder boxer engine, Prius tyres and rear wheel drive) and adds more sky. Ok so it's put on a few pounds and features an interior that looks like an unhappy accident between DFS and Ikea, but with engineers saying that the '86 was engineered from the outset with a cabrio in mind, we could finally be looking at a practical drop-top that Top Gear can get excited about driving.